Full Moon, mid-winter, two days after a snowstorm, I walk through our house in the dark
The moon, that old toad palace, has seen it all and tonight
I am seeing the world with moon vision:
from my dark house it is a soft ghost
of all the worlds it has ever been to someone
Looking out at it from their window at night.
I don’t dare turn on a light; then it’s my ghost
that will be visible. Pausing outside my son’s door
I look in—the moon’s light freezes on his floor,
pretends it’s not there until I leave. By a lamp
near our bed, my wife plays guitar while I write,
Years from now, when this house has fallen in and
a squirrel skitters across a branch at this height
it will hear a soft music, some murmured words
and see the moon slide behind a gypsy’s leaf.
Really lovely, Jeff. I love those last few lines, that image they create.
Yes, this is really well written. Your colourful adjectives and nouns are perfect: gypsy, ghost, “old toad”- really enjoyed this. :0)